US President Barack Obama said Friday the
United States should "take a pause" to reassess its relationship with
"The latest episode is just one more in a number of emerging differences that we've seen over the last several months," Obama said, referring to Syria, human rights and other issues.
"It is probably appropriate for us to take a pause, reassess where it is that Russia's going, what our core interests are, and calibrate the relationship so that we're doing things that are good for the United States and, hopefully, good for Russia as well."
His comments came just days after he cancelled a bilateral summit with President Vladimir Putin over Russia's granting of asylum to wanted leaker Edward Snowden.
"We're going to assess where the relationship can advance US interests and increase peace and stability and prosperity around the world. Where it can, we're going to keep on working with them, where we have differences, we're going to say so clearly," Obama said.
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